“Microsoft has strongly advised Australians to avoid buying its Zune music player from local retailers,” Asher Moses reports for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The software giant is yet to announce plans to distribute the device in Australia, but that did not stop one Australian retailer from obtaining stock.”
“Mwave.com.au, an online store based in Sydney, sells the Zune for $389. It appears to be the first and only retailer in Australia to stock the player, although some second-hand units have been sold through eBay,” Moses reports. “An Mwave spokesman said ‘about 100 units’ had been sold since it began stocking the Zune in late December last year.”
Moses reports, “But a Microsoft spokeswoman urged: ‘We highly recommend that Australians do not purchase a Zune from this retailer at this time.’ The Mwave spokesman said the retailer had yet to receive a formal complaint from Microsoft, so its Zune sales would continue unabated.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mpi” for the heads up.]
An online store — not a brick and mortar store confined to one outlet, but an online outlet readily available to the entire country of Australia — has sold 100 Zunes in approximately 50 days. Or two (2) per day in Australia. Two. Does Microsoft really need to “highly recommend” that Australians who are not buying Zunes, not buy Zunes? Yet, Australian Zune sales will “continue unabated!” If that’s not a joke, it should be. We’re continually amazed that some people survive daily life, despite being so obviously challenged.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for Microsoft to announce plans to distribute their Zune failure in Australia or anywhere else.
Buh-bye: Senior Zune exec exits Microsoft – January 31, 2007
Last quarter: Microsoft lost $289 million on Zune, CE devices – January 26, 2007
RealMoney’s Comeau predicts: ‘Microsoft will kill the first Zune media player by midyear’ – December 16, 2006
Thurrott reviews Microsoft Zune: ‘a joke, a travesty, I can’t imagine what they were thinking’ – November 28, 2006
Ihnatko: Microsoft Zune experience about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face – November 24, 2006
TheStreet.com: It’s not looking good for Microsoft’s Zune; bad press may taint brand for years – November 24, 2006
Microsoft’s Zune selling like snotcakes – November 15, 2006